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Author Topic: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN  (Read 13464 times)

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2012, 12:17:55 PM »

The heater is turned off and on all during the cycle. When the temp reaches 160f (for cotton) the thermostat shuts down, when the temp drops to 105f the thermostat powers the element back up until drum temp reaches approx 160f. If the blower wheel is clogged with lint or stripped the air flow will be improper EVEN THOUGH YOU FEEL IT COMING OUT THE BACK. On these machines the blower wheel gets loose and causes a lots of grief.
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2012, 12:37:19 PM »
Yeah, I have triple checked the blower due to reports they fail often.

What component would cause the coil to get constant voltage, then (that is, not turn off)?  That seemed to be what was happening last night.

Computer or control thermo?


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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2012, 01:17:21 PM »
That is easy Coil shorted to the frame. Very common on this machine double check if the large limit's wire is NOT touching the heater mount. Seen it.
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2012, 01:23:50 PM »
thanks JW, I'll let you know how it turns out

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2012, 01:29:41 PM »
... the coil goes on for a few moments, then off, then on, (oscillate) to meet the selected heat settings
Heater is ON until the Vent temperature reaches aproximatley 160F,
then it turns OFF until the Vent temperature drops to about 130F
The ON /OFF time may be a  few minutes for each
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2012, 01:42:56 PM »
... the coil goes on for a few moments, then off, then on, (oscillate) to meet the selected heat settings
Heater is ON until the Vent temperature reaches aproximatley 160F,
then it turns OFF until the Vent temperature drops to about 130F
The ON /OFF time may be a  few minutes for each

Ok, so here's the thing -- if the coil is ON, it is ON ON, like RED HOT ON, right?

Last night, I was seeing a not at all RED HOT ON, it like a PINK/GREY HOT ON.  I will check for shorts and ground again.

All this technical jargon is getting be HOT.

I am going to mess with it today, and hopefully get my wife OFF my back about it.


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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2012, 02:03:53 PM »
... not at all RED HOT ON, it like a PINK/GREY HOT ON

... measure the voltage on the Heater while it's ON
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2012, 02:40:06 PM »
You can easily tell if you have a short by unplugging the machine and turning the timer on any cycle, then check to see if you can get a reading from either of the prongs on the end of the cord to the frame. You should NOT get a reading from either prong to frame. You should GET a reading from the middle GROUND prong to the frame.
If yours is a 4 prong cord you should not get a reading from red to frame or black to frame with the dryer unplugged.

After I do a repair on any appliance I always do this check before plugging one back into live power. You never know.
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2012, 05:11:55 PM »
ok, all electrical == no problems.

Heating coil element properly working, both in and out of housing, @ 11+ ohms.

All thermostats replaced.

Computer left alone until all else fails.

Blower housing intact, HOWEVER, air seems to flow THROUGH the front door through a plastic liner which snugly fits against the blower housing.  This plastic liner was separated from the front panel by about a centimeter -- I plied it back in place, and reassembled the housing once again.  I think the insecure fit of the air path to the blower may have been the problem -- I am hoping it is better, since it is impossible to tell from the assembled unit.  I think JWWebster hit it on the head:

If the blower wheel is clogged with lint or stripped the air flow will be improper EVEN THOUGH YOU FEEL IT COMING OUT THE BACK.

While there was no lint build up, and the blower seems to be functioning properly, I am hoping the loose "dust collector dust assembly" is the culprit.

Plugged everything in, and it seems to be working.  The wife will confirm in about 40 minutes.

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2012, 05:18:28 PM »
way ta git her did  O0
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2012, 05:34:02 PM »
ok, well, not 100%, but better.

The "Intellidry" function is not working properly; the unit is turning off prior to completion.

But on a good note, the unit seems to be running much warmer.  Still a work in progress, I suppose.

What component(s) control the "Intellidry" stuff?

Does is measure humidity, or what?

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2012, 05:35:12 PM »
Oh something else, also.

Should I invest in this "Permagum" for that seal?

And what is the best contact cement to use to seal the liner against the housing?  It appears much more loose than it should be...

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2012, 06:30:07 PM »
 Would buy a new seal for the door then put on with high temp adhesive

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2012, 08:47:55 AM »
Get some windex and clean the sensor strips off inside the dryer. They probably have buildup on them from dryer sheets and are not sensing moisture as well as they could be. Also yank out the dryer sensing board and clean the contacts on the copper if cleaning the sensor strips don't pan out.
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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2012, 10:36:15 AM »
ok, back to square one...rrrrr!!  The unit is still not getting hot enough --

I'm going to swap out the thermostats and see what happens!  UNREAL!!

The lint trap seems to be gathering lint very efficiently -- does this mean the air flow from the tub is sufficient?

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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #35 on: March 27, 2012, 10:47:04 AM »
Replace the Cycling Thermostat, part # 31001192

This four wire thermostat that your model uses is a common part that I replace often.




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Re: Maytag Model PYE4558AYW - Dryer not getting hot enough, AGAIN
« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2012, 11:02:17 AM »
This four wire thermostat that your model uses is a common part that I replace often.

Right -- I have purchased one already, and will replace it first (likely the after noon) -- interestingly, I replaced this component one year ago, and swapped it out with the original about a week ago, just to see if it would make a difference.  It didn't.